| Dec 19, 2013
It's getting to be crunch time for holiday shopping, so you can expect massive crowds in our area malls and shop-heavy neighborhoods. Which doesn't concern me, frankly, but dining out after a day of retail madness does.
So I decided to pay a visit to...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 12:48 PM
The national touring company of "Motown: The Musical" will exit Chicago after no more than six months and head to Detroit and elsewhere, the producers announced on Thursday.
The show, which begins its first national tour in Chicago on Apr. 22 at the...
| Sep 12, 2012
I went down to the union rally in the Loop on Monday, the first day of the teachers strike, not knowing what I'd find or even what I wanted to.
It was a startling, thrilling sight.
Thousands of red shirts were swarming south on Clark Street, chants...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 11:05 AM
For Chicago jazz lovers, the best part of summer starts Thursday.
That's when the ninth annual Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series launches at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. For six consecutive Thursday evenings, some of Chicago's most...
| Oct 9, 2013
Capitol Hill elevator operators have long had to endure a terrible indignity: politicians staring at the backs of their defenseless heads.
But now, to make matters even worse, federal elevator operators have become symbols of wasteful federal spending...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 10:57 PM
The producers of Tru TV's “Hardcore Pawn: Chicago” are hoping to turn pro wrestler and restaurant owner Lisa Marie Varon’s unusual career path into a reality TV show.
The series would revolve around Varon and her Lincoln Park...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 9:11 AM
There have been many voices — millions of them — pouring into the air during the long and zany, smart and silly, enlightening and brain-numbing history of radio, and a few weeks ago one of the relatively newer ones told me, "Radio gives me a...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 5:09 PM
Three years ago, Brandon Stanton, who calls himself “the most followed photographer in the world,” was not a photographer. By his own admission, he did not know much about photography, or even cameras. He was a Georgia native living in Chicago...
| Nov 11, 2013
It was wild how many people recognized Ben Hollis.
He strode through the Loop wearing his signature safari jacket and pith helmet, waving at people and handing out announcements for this Sunday's screening of the newly completed DVD "The Golden Age of...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 8:40 AM
If you were expecting the “Divergent” trailer to be a commercial for Chicago tourism, you’re probably going to be disappointed.
The two and a half minute video released today is light on recognizable Chicago landmarks, other than the...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 8:50 PM
Maybe Lady Gaga isn’t so different after all.
The pop star known for her eccentric outfits and music videos admitted during an interview with Sirius XM Hits 1 radio Friday that she has a hard time resisting Chicago pizza like the rest of us....